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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-05-11, 02:38 AM Thread Starter
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Default Word Bearer Terminator 5 Man Squad

After putting it off for weeks, I've finally finished the champion of this terminator squad. How's he look?

Compared with a regular word bearer trooper:

And the rest of the unfinished squad:

This was my first attempt at glazing, after reading numerous tutorials on the net, including this one here in the forums. Most paints were thinned with water at least 5:1 ratio.

What have I learned? Do not thin down your base coat 16:1 with water, it takes forever! 4:1 Water to paint works fine to build up the base coat. 6 or 8 to 1 works good for the shadows and highlights.

For these guys I used (vallejo) gory red base color. Shadows are gory red with some chaos black and charred brown added. Highlights eventually worked best with 1:1 gory red and blood red. First tried some lighter greys, which were too stark in contrast.

Quite proud of the power axe effect here.
Base coat of solid black and stippled with watered down magic blue. Then I put a layer of propylene glycol on to slow dry time. This made the paint take 5 minutes to dry instead of a few seconds. Using Wraithlord's technique and my tiny 000 brush, did the electrical charge lines with magic blue, electric blue and some skull white.. still all watered down quite a bit.

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Very good! Neat, and unusual basing, solid paintjob, fine detailing, and the Legion symbol, for me is the highlight.

If I had to find a criticism it would be that I'd like the silver trims to be darker, and the skulls - but that is as likely a flaw in the photo as anything else - and it doesn't detract from an excellent paintjob. +Rep.
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i love the mini.. its really cool with the crazy blue/turqoise head its cool!! +rep

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I think that you have some really great looking models there! I love the free hands and the tonal quality of the armor. I would agree with KingElessar that I would like to see some more shading on the silver trims, but like he said it doesn't detract at all from the quality of the over all finished product. I am not sure how I feel about the turquoise face, it just seems a little out of place with the rest of the scheme. It is nicely executed and more of a personal feeling than a critique of your work. Great models! Look forward to seeing more. +rep

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Very skilful execution.

I agree with Midge that the turquoise head looks odd; especially on a turquoise base. However that is personal preference, so as long as you like the high contrast that is all gravy.
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Heyy love the model especially the shoulderpad details, the head is a bit too bright and a bit too solid. Maybe get a wash on there and do some shading to darken him down a bit. It looks a little cartoony for my liking.

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These look good. I agree with Mr Hobbit et al. The head and the base looking so close in color, especially so saturated a color is strange. And the base seems to take over the composition because it is so bright and saturated compared to the rest of the miniature.

The head looks really nice, and draws a lot of attention. Its really only fighting the base. A few, more saturated accents might help.


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Sooo very impressed. Freehand iconography, power weapon effects, overall quality all superb. I like the face color particularly as he is a champ it will make him stand out. I like the unorthodox coloring of the bases too. Fantastic work.

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Fine job on the mini bud! You get kudos for the hand-painted symbols. They really give the minis extra character. The paintjob is overall, quite well-done and I have to agree about the color of the head in that I like it. It sets him apart. What really catches my eye is the detail of the horns. I don't know why but they just do. Keep up the good works!

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